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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in...

This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.

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Nice visit or sleepover.

I think there are 4 or 5 islands. You can take a boat out to each of them. The ride in the water is just as awesome as when you get there. Discover hiking, swimming or camping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
DLee B
Brookline, Massachusetts

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think there are 4 or 5 islands. You can take a boat out to each of them. The ride in the water is just as awesome as when you get there. Discover hiking, swimming or camping. Some people probably fish too. My children went there on school trips so I was eager to help out and went. One of... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this break from the heat of the city in late July. We took the Harbor Island Ferried to access 2 of the many islands. We especially liked George's Island with many things to see on this island. We stopped at Spectacle Island but weren't impressed and lots of people here (visited on a Sunday).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great way to spend a spring, summer, of early fall afternoon strolling through the islands available via the ferry service from the wharf near the Aquarium in Boston. From the Civil War Fort to the views of Boston Harbor, it is just fun for the whole family.

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (four adults) toured the Boston Harbor Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the U.S. It is no longer used by the Coast Guard, but was saved from destruction or sale through Sen. Kennedy's efforts and made part of the Park system. Ignore his politics and just thank him for saving this gem. We signed onto a Park Service tour. (I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Visited George's Island (this one has an old fort to explore!) and grabbed a snack there. The cost of admission is actually the price of a boat trip to the islands. Give yourself a good 4 hours. I didn't think I was going to need much time, but found myself exploring the island, which has picnic areas set up in... More 

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Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Steeped in history, these islands are the gems of Boston Harbor. Accessible by Boston Harbor Cruises, this is a great family excursion.

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Saint Joe Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Nice boat ride and not crowded since tourist season is winding down. Captain of the boat gave a nice narration about things along the way. He did not read from a script so he obviously enjoys the trip as well. Great fort to wander though.

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We were wondering around Long Harbor and with a chance meeting, with Park Ranger Gary Petersen, we experienced a great history walk. Gary was genuinely enthusiastic about his subject and it quickly became apparent that Gary had done extensive historic research in the construction of his tour. There was a family of six in our group and Gary was committed... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We took a regular harbor boat out to Georges Island so we could tour the fort and stay as long as we liked. Besides just playing around the fort and looking all around, we very much enjoyed both the museum (small but surprisingly well done) and a spooky tour through the dark, drippy part of the fort. We found sea... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

U must c Boston Harbor; boats r amazing and gigantic; u really feel what it felt like back in the old days of our settlers

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